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Does Alpha load completely at start?

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  • Does Alpha load completely at start?

    When we load alpha, does it loads the whole program at start?
    In other word, when we start Alpha, only loads the most important modules and goes back to the hard drive for more as the application needs them or loads the whole thing and never goes back to the hard drive, except for the application needs.

  • #2
    Re: Does Alpha load completely at start?

    The description of the "network optimization" feature suggests to me that Alpha does not load the entire application into system memory on startup.


    • #3
      Re: Does Alpha load completely at start?

      So if would created a virtual disk and since we have lots of memory, the processing could be accelerated, could it?
      In other words at start up, could we transfer the program into a virtual disk and have it ready to load upon calling it, rather than from the HD. This use to be done in the past as hard drive were slower.
      Today HD are faster but we also have added a lot of jobs to do as well.


      • #4
        Re: Does Alpha load completely at start?

        Mike, I couldn't say. My guess is that the slowest part of your app is the transfer of data over your network, not the time spent fetching program code from the local hard drive.

        You may be exploring uncharted territory. Let us know how it goes, but remember how "pioneers" are identified!


        • #5
          Re: Does Alpha load completely at start?

          I will get my wagon, animals, pots, bacon, beans and head to chance land.
          Thanks Tom.


          • #6
            Re: Does Alpha load completely at start?

            If you made a ram drive in memory that is much larger than the data and loaded that data into memory(single user platform), it should increase the speed exponentially. Prolems: if machine shuts down before data is written to disk would lose all work. If 2 people are working on data, somebody would overwrite the other.

            Maybe if the data wre on a server in a ram drive(say, r:\drive) then you could access it from there. You would need to have a write to disk set up every few minutes or so to minimize losses if they occur.

            Years ago, when we made an exe, it took for ever(like 2-3 hours). Solution = load it all in a ram drive and compile it there. We went and drank a cup of coffee while it worked.
            Dave Mason
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            Skype is dave.mason46


            • #7
              Re: Does Alpha load completely at start?

              Yes, I remember those days. The loading of data into ram drives, runs the risky factor of PC stopping to work, even when regular writting to disk. That is why I was only looking at the program itself, it that could accelerate the jobs.
              Right now the best is add all the ram we can install, keep HD tuned and find all possible tweaks to keep the PC best acting.
              I have seen a bunch of tips that I will try and will post results in the near future.